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The Most Triple-Doubles In Every NBA Team's History: Oscar Robertson Is The Ultimate Leader With 184

The Most Triple-Doubles In Every NBA Team's History: Oscar Robertson Is The Ultimate Leader With 184

Triple-doubles are one of the most difficult-achieved individual stats on the basketball court. Looking through the entire NBA history, most players couldn’t make it even one time in their career.

However, some extraordinary players seem to make it so effortless to achieve one, like Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and Russell Westbrook.

Let’s take a look at the most triple-doubles in each franchise’s history. Playoff and regular season games are both included. Only triple-doubles while playing for that specific team are included.

30. Memphis Grizzlies - Marc Gasol And Ja Morant

Marc Gasol And Ja Morant

Total Triple-Doubles: 5

Career Stats For The Grizzlies:

Marc Gasol: 15.2 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 3.4 APG, 0.9 SPG, 1.5 BPG

Ja Morant: 21.2 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 7.1 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.3 BPG

Marc Gasol was considered one of the best passing centers when he played in the NBA alongside his big brother Pau. It is not easy for a center to average 3.4 assists per game now, not to mention the game years ago at a slower pace.

Gasol led the franchise to their prime during his time here. The 2012-13 season saw the Memphis Grizzlies make the Western Conference Finals for the first time. He was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year with the Grizzlies in 2013 and won an NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors in 2019.

It took Ja Morant only three seasons to tie Gasol’s triple-double record for the Grizzlies, which proves how talented Morant is. The 22-year-old young superstar hasn’t touched his surface yet, and he is believed to hold a variety of records for the franchise.

With the help of solid players like Jackson Jr. and Desmond Bane, Morant led his team to second place in the West last season. They fought back and forth with the eventual champion Golden State Warriors in the second round and were knocked out after six games. There’s no doubt that Morant and the Grizzles can only be better in the future.

29. Utah Jazz - Pete Maravich

Pete Maravich

Total Triple-Doubles: 7

Career Stats For The Jazz: 25.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 5.6 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.3 BPG

Pete Maravich, known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was considered to be one of the greatest creative offensive talents ever and one of the best ball handlers of all time.

Maravich played for the Jazz for six seasons, including both the New Orleans Jazz and Utah Jazz. In the 1976-77 season, he scored a career-high 31.1 points per game. After retiring due to injury, he was one of the youngest players ever inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

28. Charlotte Hornets - Anthony Mason

Anthony Mason

Total Triple-Doubles: 7

Career Stats For The Hornets: 13.4 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 4.8 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.3 BPG

6-foot-8 forward Anthony Mason was one of the pioneers that played multiple positions, from small forward to center, in the ’90s.

Mason played three seasons for the Charlotte Hornets, leading the team in minutes per game. In 1997, he was named to the All-NBA Third Team and the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.

27. Orlando Magic - Elfrid Payton

Elfrid Payton

Total Triple-Doubles: 8

Career Stats For The Magic: 11.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.3 BPG

Guard Elfrid Payton was originally drafted with the 10th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, but was traded to the Orlando Magic. He contributed eight triple-doubles during his four seasons in Orlando.

On March 18, Payton recorded his first career triple-double with 15 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks. With a second straight triple-double on March 20, he became the first Magic player to post consecutive triple-doubles and the first NBA rookie to do it since Antoine Walker with the Boston Celtics in 1997.

26. Atlanta Hawks - Mookie Blaylock

Mookie Blaylock

Total Triple-Doubles: 9

Career Stats For The Hawks: 14.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 7.3 APG, 2.6 SPG, 0.3 BPG

Guard Mookie Blaylock played seven seasons for the Atlanta Hawks, leading the franchise in career three-point field goals made (1,050) and attempted (3,023) and career steals (1,321). He was also selected for the 1994 NBA All-Star Game.

Defensively, Blaylock led the NBA in steals two years in a row (1996–97 and 1997–98), joining Alvin Robertson, Magic Johnson, Allen Iverson, and Chris Paul as the only players to achieve that feat.

25. Los Angeles Clippers - Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

Total Triple-Doubles: 10

Career Stats For The Clippers: 21.6 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.5 BPG

Forward Blake Griffin was selected first overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2009 NBA draft. Following the lead of Chris Paul, Griffin and the Clippers made the playoffs six times during his eight seasons in Los Angeles.

During his prime time, Griffin was one of the best point forwards in the NBA with versatile offensive skills and crazy athletics. But his injuries eventually forced the Clippers to trade him to the Detroit Pistons in 2018.

24. New Orleans Pelicans - Chris Paul

Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets

Total Triple-Doubles: 13

Career Stats For The Pelicans: 18.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 9.9 APG, 2.4 SPG, 0.1 BPG

Chris Paul is considered one of the greatest point guards of all time. In 2005, he was selected as the fourth overall pick by the New Orleans Hornets, where he developed into one of the league's best players, finishing second in NBA Most Valuable Player Award voting in 2008.

Paul received his first career triple-double in 2006 against the Toronto Raptors, where he contributed 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists. In the 2008-09 season, he recorded a career-high six triple-doubles.

23. Miami Heat - Jimmy Butler And LeBron James

Jimmy Butler And LeBron James

Total Triple-Doubles: 14

Career Stats For The Heat:

Jimmy Butler: 20.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 6.2 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.5 BPG

LeBron James: 26.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 6.7 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.7 BPG

Forward Jimmy Butler has only played three seasons for the Miami Heat, where he already tied the team-highest triple-double record created by LeBron James. Butler was known for his excellent defense early in his career, but as he gained more skills and experiences, his game elevated to another level on the East Coast, where he has career highs in both rebounds (6.5) and assists (6.2) per game.

Butler contributed his first triple-double as a Heat player in 2019 against the Rapports, where he posted 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists. He is expected to own the franchise most triple-double record coming into next season.

LeBron James is considered one of the most versatile players of all time, recording 134 career triple-doubles so far. That’s why it is surprising that he only had 14 in his four-year Heat career.

James received his first triple-double in the Heat in 2010, where he contributed 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 14 assists against the Jazz.

22. Toronto Raptors - Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry

Total Triple-Doubles: 16

Career Stats For The Raptors: 17.5 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 7.1 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.3 BPG

Kyle Lowry spent nine seasons with the Raptors, where he had his most success, including 16 triple-doubles. In 2014, Lowry posted 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in a road game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Lowry is widely regarded as one of the greatest Toronto Raptors players of all time because of his extraordinary contribution to the franchise. The team went to Eastern Conference Finals twice, won 50 wins five times, and its only championship in 2019.

21. San Antonio Spurs - Dejounte Murray

Dejounte Murray

Total Triple-Doubles: 18

Career Stats For The Raptors: 12.5 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 4.8 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.3 BPG

Dejounte Murray has been traded to the Hawks this offseason, leaving his San Antonio Spurs’ career to an end. However, he became the total triple-double leader of the franchise in six seasons.

Murray had 13 of his 18 triple-doubles the past season, where he averaged 21.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 9.2 assists, and 2.0 steals per game, and made the All-Star game for the first time in his career.

20. Indiana Pacers - Domantas Sabonis

Domantas Sabonis

Total Triple-Doubles: 19

Career Stats For The Pacers: 16.3 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 4.2 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.5 BPG

Forward Domantas Sabonis, just like his legendary father, is one of the best passing bigs in the league. He played five seasons for the Indiana Pacers and was named an All-Star twice during his tenure.

Sabonis achieved his first triple-double in 2020 against the Denver Nuggets, where he posted 22 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists. In 2022, Sabonis was traded to the Sacramento Kings.

19. Minnesota Timberwolves - Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett 2003

Total Triple-Doubles: 19

Career Stats For The Timberwolves: 19.8 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 4.3 APG, 1.4 SPG, 1.6 BPG

Kevin Garnett, known as the Big Ticket, is considered one of the best power forward of all time. His ability to influence on both ends was always at the elite level. Garnett had his first triple-double in 1998 against the Nuggets, where he contributed 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists.

Though Garnett came into the NBA as a high school player, he made an immediate impact with the team, leading them to eight consecutive playoff appearances, including one Western Conference Finals appearance.

18. Portland Trail Blazers - Clyde Drexler

Clyde Drexler

Total Triple-Doubles: 21

Career Stats For The Trail Blazers: 20.8 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 5.7 APG, 2.1 SPG, 0.7 BPG

Clyde Drexler spent 12 seasons of his career with the Portland Trail Blazers before finishing with the Houston Rockets. He was a 10-time NBA All-Star and Hall of Famer. He is widely considered one of the greatest shooting guards of all time.

Drexler had most of his individual success in Portland, including 21 triple-doubles. And he won an NBA championship with the Houston Rockets in 1995 and earned a gold medal on the 1992 United States Olympic team known as “The Dream Team.”

17. Phoenix Suns - Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd

Total Triple-Doubles: 26

Career Stats For The Suns: 14.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 9.7 APG, 2.1 SPG, 0.3 BPG

Guard Jason Kidd was one of the best players in his prime. He was a 10-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA First Team member, and a nine-time NBA All-Defensive Team member.

Kidd’s ability to pass and rebound made him a regular triple-double threat. And he retired ranked third all-time in the NBA for regular season triple-doubles with a career total of 107 and third in playoff triple-doubles with a career total of 11. He ranks second on the NBA all-time lists in career assists and steals.

16. New York Knicks - Walt Frazier

Walt Frazier

Total Triple-Doubles: 27

Career Stats For The Knicks: 19.3 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 6.3 APG, 2.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG

Walt Frazier was drafted fifth overall by the New York Knicks, where he played for 10 seasons. He contributed 27 triple-doubles during his time in New York.

As a point guard, Frazier was the head on the floor and top perimeter defender. He led the team to the franchise's only two championships in 1970 and 1973. After retiring, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.

15. Detroit Pistons - Grant Hill

Grant Hill

Total Triple-Doubles: 29

Career Stats For The Pistons: 21.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.6 BPG

Grant Hill was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the third overall pick in the NBA draft in 1994. Coming into the league, he was considered the next Michael Jordan. In Hill’s Pistons' time, he was one of the best all-around players in the game, often leading his team in points, rebounds, and assists.

Hill had 29 triple-doubles in his six seasons in Detroit and made the Eastern Conference All-Star Team five times. But his injuries largely limited his behavior later.

14. Chicago Bulls - Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Total Triple-Doubles: 30

Career Stats For The Bulls: 31.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 5.4 APG, 2.5 SPG, 0.9 BPG

Michael Jordan is considered the greatest of all time. It is surprising that he only had 30 triple-doubles in his 13 seasons as a member of the Chicago Bulls. Joining the Bulls in 1984 as the third overall draft pick, Jordan won six NBA championships, including two three-peats.

Jordan's individual accomplishments include six NBA Finals Most Valuable Player awards, 10 NBA scoring titles, five NBA MVP awards, 10 All-NBA First Team, nine All-Defensive First Team, 14 NBA All-Star Game selections, three NBA All-Star Game MVP awards, three NBA steals titles and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.

13. Milwaukee Bucks - Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Total Triple-Doubles: 31

Career Stats For The Bucks: 21.8 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.2 SPG, 1.3 BPG

Giannis Antetokounmpo, known as the Greek Freak, is considered the best current player in the NBA. He was selected 15th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2013 NBA draft. But he didn’t display his dominance until 2016 because his body was still growing.

In the 2016–17 season, Antetokounmpo led the Bucks in all five major statistical categories and became the first player in NBA history to finish a regular season in the top 20 in all five statistics of total points rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. He received the Most Improved Player award in 2017. In 2021, Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to their first NBA championship since 1971 and was named Finals MVP.

12. Washington Wizards - Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

Total Triple-Doubles: 40

Career Stats For The Wizards: 22.2 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 11.7 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.4 BPG

The 40-triple-doubles in one season! That’s what Russell Westbrook did in the Washington Wizards. Westbrook’s ability to score, rebound and facilitate his teammates made him a terrifying triple-double collector since Oscar Robertson.

On December 23, Westbrook made his Wizards debut, putting up 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 15 assists in a 113–107 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. With the help of Bradley Beal, they led the team to the playoffs in 2021.

11. Golden State Warriors - Draymond Green

Draymond Green Reacts With Emojis After He Found Out That The Celtics Coaches Watched His Podcast To Find An Advantage In The NBA Finals

Total Triple-Doubles: 42

Career Stats For The Warriors: 8.7 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 5.4 APG, 1.4 SPG, 1.0 BPG

Draymond Green was selected with the 35th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. He didn’t become a starter until the team hired head coach Steve Kerr, who speaks highly of Green’s playmaking ability.

Green is a four-time NBA champion, a four-time NBA All-Star, a two-time member of the All-NBA Team, a seven-time member of the All-Defensive Team, and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. In 2017, he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and led the league in steals.

10. Houston Rockets - James Harden

James Harden

Total Triple-Doubles: 42

Career Stats For The Rockets: 29.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 7.7 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.6 BPG

James Harden started his career on the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he reached his prime on the Houston Rockets. Harden played nine seasons for the Rockets, where he led the team to the playoffs eight consecutive times, including two Western Conference Finals appearances.

During his time in Houston, he was named to NBA All-Star teams every year and earned All-NBA Team honors seven times, including six first-team selections, and won the NBA Most Valuable Player in 2018.

9. Dallas Mavericks - Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic

Total Triple-Doubles: 48

Career Stats For The Mavericks: 26.4 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 8.0 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.4 BPG

Luka Doncic is probably the most promising young player to break the all-time triple-double record, who had 48 triple-doubles in only four seasons. Doncic was selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the third overall pick in 2018.

Coming into the league, Doncic immediately displayed his all-around abilities, winning Rookie of the Year for the 2018–19 season. In his sophomore season, he was selected to his first NBA All-Star game and named to the All-NBA First Team. He is the Mavericks' franchise leader in career triple-doubles.

8. Boston Celtics - Larry Bird

Larry Bird

Total Triple-Doubles: 69

Career Stats For The Celtics: 24.3 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.8 BPG

The Boston Celtics’ legend forward Larry Bird is one of the greatest of all time. He was drafted by the Celtics with the sixth overall pick in the 1978 NBA draft and helped the team make the Eastern Conference Finals in his rookie season.

Bird played for the Celtics during his entire professional career, leading the franchise to five NBA finals appearances and three NBA championships. Bird was also a 12-time NBA All-Star, won two NBA Finals MVP awards, and received the NBA Most Valuable Player Award three consecutive times (1984–1986), making him the only forward in league history to do so.

7. Philadelphia 76ers - Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain

Total Triple-Doubles: 70

Career Stats For The 76ers: 27.6 PPG, 23.9 RPG, 6.8 APG

Wilt Chamberlain is probably the most dominant player of all time. He is the only player to score 100 points in a single NBA game and average more than 50 points in a season.

During Chamberlain’s career, he won two NBA championships, four regular-season NBA Most Valuable Player awards, the NBA Rookie of the Year award, one NBA Finals MVP award, and one NBA All-Star Game MVP award. And he was selected to 13 NBA All-Star Games and 10 All-NBA Teams.

6. Brooklyn Nets - Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd

Total Triple-Doubles: 71

Career Stats For The Nets: 14.6 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 9.1 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.3 BPG

Compared to Jason Kidd’s Phoenix time, he reached his prime on another team, the Brooklyn Nets. Kidd played 506 games in seven seasons with the Nets and helped the franchise make two consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003.

In the 2002–03 season, Kidd had his highest scoring season with 18.7 points per game and led the league in assists with 8.9 per game. Kidd was selected to the All-NBA Second Team.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers - LeBron James

LeBron James 2018

Total Triple-Doubles: 81

Career Stats For The Cavaliers: 27.2 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 7.3 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.8 BPG

The Cleveland Cavaliers is where LeBron James started his NBA career. He was selected by the team with the first overall pick in 2003. James spent 11 seasons with the Cavaliers, making playoffs nine times, including six-time Eastern Conference Finals, five-time Finals, and one championship over the Warriors in 2016.

Individually, James won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award two times and was selected as an NBA All-Star 10 times, including two All-Star MVPs.

4. Denver Nuggets - Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic

Total Triple-Doubles: 82

Career Stats For The Nuggets: 19.7 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 6.2 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.7 BPG

Center Nikola Jokic, known as the Joker, is a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Award winner for the last two seasons. Jokic was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 41st overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

Jokic contributed 82 triple-doubles as a center in only seven seasons, and he is expected to hold the franchise record for a long time. Jokic is among the top 10 on the all-time list of NBA players with the most triple-doubles, and he holds the record for the fastest triple-double in a single game, 14 minutes and 33 seconds.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder - Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 2016

Total Triple-Doubles: 148

Career Stats For The Thunder: 23.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 8.4 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.3 BPG

Russell Westbrook was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics, which then relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder six days later. He is a nine-time NBA All-Star and a nine-time All-NBA Team member and earned the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for the 2016–17 season.

Westbrook is one of two players in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season, along with Oscar Robertson in 1962. In the 2020–21 season, Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the fourth time in five seasons, and he passed Robertson for the most career triple-doubles in NBA history.

2. Los Angeles Lakers - Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson

Total Triple-Doubles: 168

Career Stats For The Lakers: 19.5 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 11.2 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.4 BPG

Magic Johnson is considered the greatest point guard of all time and one of the greatest players of all time. He spent his whole career with the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 11.2 assists per game.

Johnson is the absolute core of the Showtime Lakers in the 1980s, where they went to the NBA Finals nine times and won five championships. Johnson won three NBA MVP Awards, three NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Awards, and had 12 All-Star games and nine All-NBA First Team selections.

1. Sacramento Kings - Oscar Robertson

Oscar Robertson

Total Triple-Doubles: 184

Career Stats For The Kings: 29.3 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 10.3 APG

Oscar Robertson, known as the Big O, was the all-time triple-doubles champion for decades until Westbrook surpassed him. Robertson was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals in the 1960 NBA draft. In his NBA debut, Robertson posted 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists in a 140–123 win over the visiting Lakers.

Robertson was a 12-time All-Star, 11-time member of the All-NBA Team, and one-time winner of the MVP award in 14 seasons. In 1962, he became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season. Later he won a championship with the Bucks in 1971.

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